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 Providing Heat to Orphaned Pigeons and Doves

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PostSubject: Providing Heat to Orphaned Pigeons and Doves   Providing Heat to Orphaned Pigeons and Doves Icon_minitimeSun Sep 13, 2009 7:54 am

Providing Heat to Orphaned Pigeons and Doves

* It is essential that orphaned birds be kept warm on a towel lined heating pad, set on low or placed under a low wattage lamp.

* Since baby birds have difficulty regulating their body temperature, wrapping them in a towel or keeping them in a warm room is not enough. They need a heat source.
(If no heating pad is available, a hot water bottle may be used or fill an old sock about 2/3 full of rice, microwave for a few seconds, making sure it isn't too hot & place it around the bird.

* Do not turn the heating pad temperature too high thinking this will warm the baby bird faster. Low setting is recommended.
Birds need to be warmed gradually until their body temperature has been maintained.

* Do not put a baby bird in the sun to warm him. He will quickly become dehydrated.

* Never attempt to feed a baby bird that is cold or in any type of respiratory distress.
Baby birds must be warmed before they can digest any food.

* Keeping a baby bird warm is the most important step in saving his life.
* Many birds that appear near death have been revived after 20-30 minutes on a heating pad.


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PostSubject: Re: Providing Heat to Orphaned Pigeons and Doves   Providing Heat to Orphaned Pigeons and Doves Icon_minitimeThu Oct 21, 2010 5:06 pm

Just to add to the above...this is the same protocol to used for a bird that is sick.

As Cindy said, if a heating pad is not available, do use the other methods suggested to warm the bird. Keep in mind though that as the alternative forms of heat cool down, so will the bird and so they only should be used until you can buy or borrow a heating pad.
Many of the new heating pads have an automatic shut off and so I would recommend avoiding those to buy a heating pad that does not have an automatic shut off.

Here is a suggestion.

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